Elizabeth Amofa, an employee of Newmont Ghana’s Akyem mine, grew up in the mining community of Obuasi. Much like many other mining communities, Obuasi’s workforce is predominantly male.
Elizabeth developed a passion for welding early on and decided that she would succeed at it regardless of the common perceptions about women in trades. “I told myself that I wanted to be different; I wanted to succeed in a male-dominated trade,” she said.
Motivated by her ambition, Elizabeth got the opportunity to work at a local construction company as a welder. Seven years later, she was recruited as a full-time welder on the Mine Maintenance Unit of Newmont Ghana’s Akyem mine.
Since that time, Elizabeth has risen to become the lead hand in the welding section of the Mine Maintenance Workshop. She also regularly operates equipment such as light vehicles, tele-handlers, forklifts and overhead cranes.
Supported by Newmont’s global inclusion and diversity strategy, Elizabeth is confident in her ability to achieve her career goals. For her, the goal is to become a welding supervisor in the near future, and she believes that the workplace environment at Newmont provides her with an equal chance to reach her full potential. “The Company’s inclusion and diversity strategy creates an enabling environment where everyone is accepted and is part of the Newmont family.”
As part of the strategy, Newmont Ghana founded the Women and Allies (W&A) Business Resource Group to enhance the representation and contributions of women through professional development and to build a more inclusive workplace culture. The group recently helped establish two rooms for breastfeeding mothers at the Ahafo mine.
Learn more about our global efforts to create an inclusive and diverse workplace in our 2015 Beyond the Mine sustainability report.